About the author

Brooke Cooper joined the InfoChoice Group in 2023. She previously wrote for the Motley Fool, covering topics such as share prices, companies, and IPOs. With interests in everyday finance and wealth, Brooke is passionate about educating Aussies - especially young adults - on all things money.

Brooke's latest articles

Brooke Cooper

The benefits of overpaying your mortgage 

One way to shorten the timeframe of your 25 or 30-year mortgage is to make repayments above and beyond the minimums...

30 Oct 2023
Brooke Cooper

Renters beware: Vacancy rates crash to record low while prices soar

The supply of new rentals continued to decline amid roaring demand, driving prices skywards, a new report has found...

30 Oct 2023
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Electrification could reduce Australian households’ energy bills by $450 annually

Removing gas from the energy mix of Australian homes could save households $4.9 billion each year, or around $450 p...

26 Oct 2023
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Michele Bullock vows RBA ‘will not hesitate’ to hike interest rates 

Recently-crowned Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) governor Michele Bullock has promised the central bank’s boa...

25 Oct 2023
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Borrowing from an SMSF: Can SMSFs lend money?

One of the golden rules of SMSFs is that they must be run to benefit the retirement of those who own them. So, with t...

23 Oct 2023
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These banks and lenders altered home loan interest rates this week

There were plenty of home loan interest rate moves this week, with one mutual bank slashing variable rates by as much as 35 basis points.

20 Oct 2023
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Housing crisis solution? More than 650,000 properties suitable for granny flats

Hundreds of thousands of additional residences could be built across Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane if homeowners were to construct granny flats, new resear...

17 Oct 2023
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Crypto platforms targeted under proposed regulatory changes 

A new government proposal recommends crypto exchanges and digital asset platforms be subject to Australian financia...

16 Oct 2023
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Which banks modified home loan interest rates this week?

Despite the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cash rate’s multi-month stagnation continuing, many home loan lenders adjusted the interest rates on offer ...

13 Oct 2023
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Aussie banks pass 75% of cash rate hikes on to savers

While Aussie borrowers struggle against a dozen cash rate hikes, depositors have come out on top of their international peers.

12 Oct 2023
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Housing construction costs ease but rental crisis worsens

Supply of rental properties has hit a new record low, but there might be light on the horizon as the cost of building new residential houses continues to slo...

11 Oct 2023
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1 in 3 first home buyers lean on government guarantee scheme

An expanded Home Guarantee Scheme allowed 41,700 Australians to purchase their own property last financial year, wi...

09 Oct 2023